London – June 23, 2010 – Attenda Limited, the Always On Managed Services company, today announced that it had reached an agreement with Microsoft for support in the UK of Microsoft HealthVault, a privacy and security-enhanced, cloud-based platform that enables individuals to store, share and interact with their personal health.
Already fully operational in the US and Canada, Microsoft has brought HealthVault to the UK to help bridge the gap between personal health data and the professional medical and healthcare organisations. The National Health Service is brilliant at helping deal with illness. However, research shows that there are 6 million people in the UK who are actively involved in keeping themselves well. Helping put UK citizens in charge of their health, HealthVault provides a central repository for people to record data on their ‘wellness’, ranging from exercise regularity, looking after their diet, weight monitoring to temperature and blood pressure monitoring.
Commenting on the contract with Microsoft, Simon Hansford VP Service Strategy & Marketing, Attenda says, “We are delighted to have been selected to work with Microsoft as its strategic hosting partner for HealthVault. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we have extensive experience in delivering critical applications and infrastructure managed services using Microsoft technologies. This is combined with a long term relationship hosting nhs.uk and multiple Trusts and PCTs.”
At launch, Microsoft is partnering with MSN and Nuffield Health to provide applications that enable wellness management. The MSN My Health Info application is the first in what is expected to be a long line of applications developed for the HealthVault platform. Data can be entered manually by an individual or automatically from a range of compatible devices, such as weight scales, blood pressure monitors and pedometers.
John Coulthard, Senior Director Healthcare and Life Sciences, Microsoft UK, concludes, “Attenda has long term experience managing data sensitive and health based websites, including Child Exploitation Data, NHS Choices and NHS HealthSpace, so proved an obvious choice for us to partner with in helping boost the opportunities HealthVault presents for organisations in the healthcare ecosystem.”
About Attenda Limited
Attenda (www.attenda.net ), the Always On Managed Services company, manages those vital applications that every business relies upon today to function effectively allowing our clients to selectively outsource their IT operations and re-focus on using IT to add strategic value to their business.
Through a commitment to operational excellence, we manage, secure and optimise the performance of their applications, irrespective of the physical location of the infrastructure.
With over 10 years' investment into Attenda M.O., Attenda's operations platform, we provide the people, process and technology to deliver exceptionally high service levels, but at a cost that is amortised across Attenda's entire client base - currently 134 of the UK's leading companies.
The company enjoys substantial financial backing, the industry's leading accreditations and an unrivalled portfolio of clients including bmi, Christian Aid, easyCar, Microsoft, NHS, Princes, St. James’s Place and Travelodge.
Attenda is ISO9001, ISO27001 and ISO20000 accredited, an HP SP Signature Partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a SAP Adaptive IT Hosting Provider and a SunTone accredited managed service provider. Attenda is one of only seven companies to have been ranked in the UK's Sunday Times ARM Tech Track 100 for three consecutive years. It was voted Best Managed Services Provider by Data Centre Europe Awards for both 2007 and 2008, VMware’s EMEA Hosting Partner of the Year 2008 and 2009 and VMware’s EMEA and Global Service Provider Partner of the Year 2010.
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Attenda Corporate Communications
Simon Hansford +44 (0)1784 211100